John began his study of the Sitar in 1970. He has made 16 trips to India to develop his skills, the last being in the Spring of 2001 when he studied under Thakur Dr Raj Bhan Singh for the seventh such occasion.
APPEARANCES on television for BBC1, BBC2, LWT, Children's Channel (cable), Bayerische Rundfunk, (Munich) and Devon Educational TV in recording sessions for Mike Harding & Suns of ARQA
on local radio for BBC Cornwall, Devon, Milton Keynes, Leicester, Devon Air & Gemini Radio (Plymouth and Exeter) BBC Radio 4 - 'Sitar Man' - tribute to Ravi Shankar - appearance in concert at the Purcell Room and London School of Contemporary Dance as accompanist to Suriya Kumari and "India Performing Arts"; tour in South Africa for the Indian Academy of Durban; South West Arts tour; "Live Music Now!" tour in West Midlands schools and hospitals; and as a recitalist for the Council for Music in Hospitals
at festivals, regularly at Glastonbury since 1983, Elephant, Hood, Otmoor, Somerfield Folk, Campus since 1991, and the Asian Music Festival at Henley-on-Thames July 1999 in workshops and demonstrations at numerous schools and colleges His accompanists on tabla have included: Lewis Riley, Keshev Sathe, Sanju Sahai, Markande Misra, Visvajit Pal, Mik Ripsher, Dave Voase, Jaleeb, Leon Farmer, Madan Lal, Shiv Shankar Misra, Kailash Nishad and Shiv Sahai. updated info available at http://www.sitar.co.uk catalogue of downloadable mp3 hindustani classical music http://www.sitar.co.uk/raglist.htm
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